Full name Gerald Arthur Smithson
Born November 1, 1926, Spofforth, Yorkshire
Died September 6, 1970, Abingdon, Berkshire (aged 43 years 309 days)
Major teams England, Leicestershire, Yorkshire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Jan 21-26, 1948 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v England at Port of Spain, Feb 11-16, 1948 scorecard|
|First-class span||1946 - 1956|
Gerald Arthur Smithson, who died suddenly on September 6, aged 43, played for Yorkshire in 1946 and 1947, his highest innings for the county being 169 against Leicestershire at Leicester in the second year. Conscripted as a Bevin Boy in the mines after the war, he received special permission, after his case had been debated in the House of Commons, to tour the West Indies with the MCC team of 1947--48, taking part in two Test matches. His picture appeared in Wisden 1948, page 38. In 1951 he joined Leicestershire, with whom he remained for six seasons, of which his best was that of 1952 when, by attractive left-hand batting and the aid of two centuries, he hit 1,264 runs, average 28.08. He afterwards served as coach, first at Caterham School and then at Abingdon School, and between 1957 and 1962 he also assisted Hertfordshire.
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